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Book Thoughts: This Is Going To Hurt (Adam Kay)

Kay, Adam - This Is Going To Hurt


Title: This Is Going To Hurt
Author: Adam Kay
Genre: Non-Fiction / Memoir
First published: 2017
Edition: Audio book

‘Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor’

A first-hand account of life as a junior doctor in all its joy, pain, sacrifice and maddening bureaucracy, and a love letter to those who might at any moment be holding our lives in their hands.

This is one of those books that is hilarious and tragic at the same time. Adam Kay’s dry sense of humour shines in the diary entries he made as a junior doctor, whilst at the same time showing the reader in no uncertain terms how hard it is to be a junior doctor in the NHS.

Having worked in a large NHS hospital for the decade I lived in London, I can vouch for its authenticity. It is an incredibe institution, but it is understaffed and the staff they do have are overworked, especially the junior doctors.

Yet, despite the harrowing truth behind the scenes, I enjoyed this book. There was so much humour to break up the painful moments. Foreign objects up bodily orifices will never fail to amuse me. A doctor friend once told me they kept a file of the oddest things removed from persons. You have to have something to amuse you when you’re pulling double shifts and you are exhausted.

However, there are also tender moments that show the author is a big softy at heart.

I would recommend this book to everyone, especially those living the UK. It will make you appreciate those doctors and nurses so much more.

6 out of 7 stars

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